Become a better forecaster of colorful and dramatic light using – 4 Part Series


Webinar by: Michael DeYoung
Webinar Date: January 16, 2023
Start Time: 5:00 pm - MST
Registration deadline: January 15, 2023

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4-Part Series:  Jan. 16, 23, 30, Feb 6
4:oo PM PST | 5:00 PM AZ/MST | 6:00 PM CST | 7:00 PM EST
includes recordings of each session


Find and capture the best light using forecast data from and the windy app.  Go beyond simple weather graphics and plain language forecasts.  Photographers can now make forecasts for their own needs.  Learn to time your shoots to capture the most dramatic and colorful light.


Discover how to use the best tool for planning around the best light and weather for your next photography shoot. Meteorologist and nature photographer Michael DeYoung takes you through an indepth 4-part series on how to forecast when your photography shoot will have the best lighting conditions.  During this series, you will learn how to set up the proper preferences, and practice using this tool to predict shooting conditions in your local area.  Sessions last 60-90 minutes.


Session 1:  Intro to windy:  Understanding what Windy is, its capabilities, and its limitations.   Moving beyond oversimplified weather graphics.   Setting up your preferences and defining what’s most useful on Windy for forecasting dramatic light and photogenic clouds.   Understanding graphical cloud forecasts-your best tool from windy.  The explanation of the model used along with its strengths and weaknesses.
Session 2:  Basic meteorology helpful for photography.  Fairweather cloud ID.  Explanation of states of sky and ceiling.  Using Windy to forecast favorable conditions for colorful sunrise and sunset clouds.  Using FAA webcams and real-time observations for forecast verification.  Live analysis and predictions for the next few days.  The importance of cloud proximity for better sunrise or sunset color predictions.   Explanation of assignments.
Session 3:  Sharing of images of cloud ID.  Discussion of precipitation and storm-producing clouds.  Identify transitions in weather patterns and when they might lead to dramatic light.  Live analysis and prediction for the next few days.
Session 4:   Getting forecasts for remote locations.  Understanding Meteograms and how they differ from graphical forecasts.  Comparing models to make the best determination of accuracy.  Discussion and critique of predictions from last sessions and voluntary image sharing.